Silver Buddha Face and Body with Bird Wings / Other Features Statue, Tibet
Detail: Our Tibetan agent found this in a private home / estate sale. This is an interesting representation. On the one hand, it has many similarities of a common Tibetan Garuda. Composition is a silver / nickel (nickel for strength and weight) composite, typical of many Tibet spiritual statues. However, usually statues in this configuration have the face of a Garuda. . a mythical creature believed to be a protector of homes, families and businesses. On the other hand, this statue could be a representation of a Japanese celestial being called Karyobinga. Karyobinga appear in many forms, often with a bird body and angelic head. This statue reminds me of a temple (Chusonji Temple) carving from the 12th Century. Many similarities Note the serpents around the legs.
So, I have a very unique – and most likely, rare – statue and outstanding condition. Circa mid – 1900’s or earlier. It was in the family for over 50 years.
For the Serious Collector.
Sorry this item has been SOLD. Thanks T.G.!